Global power-related CO2 emissions flatten after 2-year rise-IEA

(Reuters, 11 Feb 2020) EU emissions fell by 160 million tonnes or 5% last year from a year earlier due to more use of natural gas and wind power in electricity generation

LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Global carbon dioxide emissions from power production flattened last year to 33 gigatonnes after two years of increase, despite expectations of another rise as the world economy expanded, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.

The growth of renewable energy and fuel switching from coal to natural gas led to less emissions from advanced economies. Milder weather in several countries and slower economic growth in some emerging markets also contributed, the agency said.

"We now need to work hard to make sure that 2019 is remembered as a definitive peak in global emissions, not just another pause in growth," said Fatih Birol, the IEA's executive director.

The significant fall in emissions in advanced economies offset growth elsewhere. Emissions from the power sector in advanced economies fell to levels last seen in the late 1980s, when electricity demand was one third lower than today, the IEA said.

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Reuters, 11 Feb 2020: Global power-related CO2 emissions flatten after 2-year rise-IEA